Joe Girardi: Alfonso Soriano playing like MVP
After last nights 8-5 win against the Baltimore Orioles, Joe Girardi had nothing but praise for Alfonso Soriano, who made his return to the Bronx this year and put on the pinstripes for the first time since 2003.
“He’s playing like an MVP,” Joe Girardi said after his team defeated the Orioles Friday night. “When you look at the month of August and what he has done in the month of August, they are MVP type of numbers if you put them over six months. He is stealing bases, playing really good defense. He has been a complete player.”
Soriano has been a sight for sore eyes for Yankees fans, who have watched their team struggle this year to stay relevant. With CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and Hiroki Kuroda struggling on the mound, the team has had to find other ways to win, mainly with their bats. Soriano has been a huge help to the team since being traded from the Cubs for pitcher Corey Black from the Single-A Tampa Yankees. In his 32 games thus far as a Yankee in 2013, Soriano has 12 homers, 35 RBIs and six stolen bases. From August 13 to 16, he batted in 18 runs over four games, tying the Major League record for most RBI in four consecutive games. That includes a then career-high 6 RBI’s on the 13th, a record which he then broke the next day when he batted in seven runners. He also saw a big career milestone this month, hitting his 400th career home run on August 27th.
To say Alfonso Soriano has found his second wind with the Yankees is an understatement. Despite his age doing him no favors, he’s showing the team why he deserves to stick around.